As high-speed internet has become a necessity for families working from home and students learning remotely, the Biden administration has secured commitments from the private sector to help ensure that millions of American families pay less for the broadband.
As part of the bipartisan Infrastructure Act passed last November, the US government was able to create the Affordable Connectivity Program that allows tens of millions of American households to reduce their internet service costs by up to $30 per month .
Now, however, the Biden administration has secured commitments from 20 major internet service providers that cover more than 80% of the country’s population to increase speeds or reduce prices.
At the same time, the US government launched a new site called GetInternet.gov, designed to make it easier to sign up for the Affordable Connectivity Program and find participating Internet Service Providers.
Affordable Connectivity Program
The Affordable Connectivity Program is the largest broadband internet accessibility program in US history and experts estimate that 48 million households, or 40% of households nationwide, are eligible for the new program.
If your household income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty level, you may qualify for the program, but you may also qualify by meeting one of the other criteria outlined in the latest fact sheet from the White House.
As for Internet service providers that will be part of the program by providing at least 100 Mbps to eligible households, AT&T, Comcast, Frontier, Cox Communications, Spectrum, Verizon and other telecoms have agreed to participate. These ISPs serve urban, suburban, and rural communities across the country, meaning low-income households will be able to access high-speed Internet no matter where they live.
It’s also worth noting that with the Affordable Connectivity Program, there are no additional charges or data caps. Thus, eligible households will only pay $30 per month or even less for high-speed Internet.